HARRY Wilson heaped praise on good pal Chris Mepham and insisted “the sky is the limit” for the commanding Cherries centre-back.

Wilson and Mepham were both poised for Wales duty this summer, having helped Ryan Giggs’s side reach the finals of Euro 2020.

The duo would have been set to feature for the Dragons in their Group A opener against Switzerland today, before the competition was put back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, both Wilson and Mepham are now fully focused on helping Eddie Howe’s men remain in the Premier League, with all eyes on their first game back against Crystal Palace next weekend.

Mepham is poised to make his return having been sidelined by a knee injury, which forced him to go under the knife in January.

But now the former Brentford man is back in training, Wilson believes his close friend will continue to impress at England’s elite level. Asked how good Mepham could be, speaking earlier in the campaign, the Liverpool loanee said: “He is fantastic on the ball, defensively he is great as well.

“He’s strong, wins his headers and his tackles – the sky is the limit for him.

“If he keeps playing regular football in the Premier League, I’m sure he’ll keep doing well.

“When he got his deserved move to the Premier League, he made that step up.

“The Chelsea game (a 1-0 victory in December), I thought he was fantastic to put in a performance like that at Stamford Bridge. You need your defenders to do that, if you are to get a result."

He added: “It’s great to see your mates doing well but when they are in the same team as you, it makes it a bit more special.

“We do a lot off the pitch and he is a big character in the dressing room. Everyone gets along with him, he makes everyone laugh.

“His jokes aren’t always the best! But he’s a big character and you see that on the pitch with his personality.”

Wrexham-born Wilson has featured 23 times in the top flight for Cherries this season, scoring seven goals.

His loan deal from Anfield was extended this week to remain with the club for the rest of the campaign.